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Savage wrestles in championship
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Savage wrestles in championship

By Ed Clemente •Sports Writer • Hoke County High School senior Josh Savage wrestled in the 2020 NCHSAA State Wrestling Championships over the weekend in Greensboro. Due to the winter weather on Thursday, the first round and quarterfinals were both held Friday evening. I had a chance to talk with Josh prior to his first...

All-time scoring leader
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All-time scoring leader

2018 HCHS graduate and former Buck basketball player Silas Love who attends Brunswick Community College has become the All-Time Scoring Leader at Brunswick CC with 1108 points. Love is pictured with his family. (Photo Provided)

Married
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Married

Married Adrienne M. Taylor and Christopher Leach were married February 22, 2020. The bride is the daughter of Wanda Taylor. The groom is son of James and Valerie Leach. (Contributed photo)

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Officers arrest two for identity theft

Investigators with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two people on charges of identity theft. Deputies arrested Kayla Michelle Quick, 18, and Roy Lee Mathis, 19, both of the 300 block of Wallace McLean Road, on charges of financial card theft, identity theft and felony conspiracy.  Deputies responded to the 300 block of Wallace...

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County sets gaming restrictions

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer The Hoke County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Monday night an amendment to the county zoning ordinance that will place new restrictions on local electronic gaming businesses. The board voted to approve an adjusted version of the proposed changes to the section of the zoning ordinance that governs the businesses....

County to cut, plant trees at community forest
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County to cut, plant trees at community forest

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer Foresters will use timber thinning and controlled burning to clean out parts of the Hoke Community Forest and replant it with native longleaf pine trees under a newly approved management plan. A steering committee of stakeholders created the plan by working in conjunction with local officials and an experienced forester....

Early voting is slow
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Early voting is slow

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer The first week of early voting got off to a slow start Thursday, with plenty of time left for voters to cast a ballot ahead of the March 3 primary election. “It’s been slow,” Hoke County Elections Director Towanna Jackson said of the turnout Monday. Between the two one-stop early...

DA candidates address issues: Hardin
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DA candidates address issues: Hardin

To help voters get to know the two candidates seeking election to the office of Hoke-Moore District Attorney this year, the News-Journal presents the following question-and-answer with candidates Arthur Donadio and Mike Hardin. Both candidates are Republicans and are on the Republican primary ballot in the March 3 election. No candidates of other parties filed...

DA candidates address issues: Donadio
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DA candidates address issues: Donadio

To help voters get to know the two candidates seeking election to the office of Hoke-Moore District Attorney this year, the News-Journal presents the following question-and-answer with candidates Arthur Donadio and Mike Hardin. Both candidates are Republicans and are on the Republican primary ballot in the March 3 election. No candidates of other parties filed...

Related: DNA match brings surprise
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Related: DNA match brings surprise

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer When Desi Campbell took a genealogy DNA test in 2016, he hoped the results would help him connect with relatives he didn’t even know he had. It did, but not in a way he – or his extended family members – ever expected. Campbell is black, grew up in Washington,...

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Early voting starts Thursday for May primary

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer One-stop early voting begins this week ahead of the March 3 partisan primary election, with many local, state and federal races on the primary ballots. The county will open two sites as one-stop early voting locations. The Board of Elections Office, located at 227 North Main Street in the Pratt...

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First Fridays comes to downtown beginning in May

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer A food truck rodeo, a warehouse jam concert, the return of the mullet roast – with a new twist – and more events are on the way thanks to a new nonprofit set to launch Raeford’s own “First Fridays.” A group of local business owners  working with the city of...

Hoke County is drowning in trash
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Hoke County is drowning in trash

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer Hoke officials are actively working on possible ways to address problems with trash thrown out on public roads across the county. It’s the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s job to manage public roads, but without saying why, the NCDOT informed local government in January that the roadside trash pickup service...

$24 million high school proposed*
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$24 million high school proposed*

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer A proposed $24 million School of Engineering facility for students in grades 9-12 could be in the county’s future to offer teens more education options, and help deal with overcrowding at the aging Hoke High campus. The Hoke County Board of Education met Monday with county commissioners and Sandhills Community...

Gas station mix-up causes grief
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Gas station mix-up causes grief

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer Drivers who fueled up their vehicles at an Alco gas station near the Hoke-Moore County line earlier this month ran into problems due to a fuel delivery mix-up, according to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. A fuel delivery driver apparently put diesel fuel in the gasoline tank and gasoline...

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Board wants pool ideas

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer The Hoke County Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday to hear proposals from several architect firms interested in designing the county’s first public swimming pool and recreation center. The board will reconvene Thursday at 9 a.m. in the commissioners’ room in the Pratt Building on Main Street to interview design...

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Goshen Medical to open clinic

By Catharin Shepard Staff writer Goshen Medical Center will open a new clinic in Raeford next month to help low-income individuals and families receive medical care. The clinic will open August 1 at 102 Southern Avenue, in the same building once occupied by a similar clinic operated by South Central Community Health Center. The new...

Documentary features white civil rights leader
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Documentary features white civil rights leader

Members of the NAACP hosted a unity march—in honor of slain Hoke young people—Saturday downtown in Raeford before viewing the documentary “Al: My Brother” at Turlington School. (Ken MacDonald photo)

Nine chosen as ‘Meritorious Men of Hoke’
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Nine chosen as ‘Meritorious Men of Hoke’

The Hoke County Public Library honored nine men last week for their many years of contributions to the community by inducting them as the 2019 Meritorious Men of Hoke. This year’s class of honorees includes businessmen, church pastors, educators, and others who have given back (See MERITORIOUS, page 5) to Hoke County through their work...

Soup kitchen expands services
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Soup kitchen expands services

By Diane Adame Intern   The sounds of pots and pans clanking erupt throughout a blue house on Turnpike Road as volunteers prepare to feed approximately 150 people every afternoon. Previously a day care center, this blue house now operates as the new location for The Hoke County Open Door Soup Kitchen. But since its...